Welcome to the Flathead National Forest

In the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, just south of the Canadian border and Glacier National Park, lies the 2.4-million acre Flathead National Forest. With lakes galore, rugged wilderness, wild rivers, over 2,000 miles of trail, campgrounds, ski areas, and year-round beauty, this forest is a premiere natural landscape of the American West.

A skier stands on a snow covered ridge overlooking valleys filled with white clouds and  snow-covered mountain peaks and trees above the clouds under a bright blue sky.

Continuing our Service  to You During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Masks are required in all Forest Service buildings and facilities.

Office status: No appointments are necessary during business hours. Supervisor's Office/Tally Lake, Swan Lake, and Hungry Horse-Glacier View/Spotted Bear Ranger Districts are open Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm. Hungry Horse Ranger District lobby is currently closed to visitors, but they will meet you at the door for service.

If you need to meet with a specific person at one of our offices, please call for an appointment.

Explore Our Interactive Fire History Map

Fire plays a natural role in Northwest Montana's fire-adapted ecosystems, helping shape resilient landscapes and preventing future catastrophic wildfires. You can now use our interactive map viewer to explore the wildland fire history for the Northern Region of the Forest Service, including the Flathead National Forest.

3 Forks of the Flathead Wild & Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan

Thick forests of evergreen trees surround a blue river. Sharp, glaciated peaks of Glacier National Park rise over the scene in the background. The Flathead National Forest, in coordination with Glacier National Park, has begun the process to prepare a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the 3-Forks of the Flathead River. The river and surrounding lands offer many public recreational opportunities and access to outstanding resources. The CRMP will address the current status of these resources, outline goals and desired conditions, determine user capacities, and create a monitoring strategy and plan to carry forward. Find out more.

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Krause Basin Collaboration

A dog walks across a narrow walking bridge with a handrail that  crosses a muddy stream.

Join in assisting the Flathead Naitonal Forest Forest in developing a management strategy for the Krause Basin area.

USDA Civil Rights Policy Statement April 9, 2021

Secretary Vilsack writes that, "At USDA, we are recommitting ourselves to the values of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for each other and those we serve."

Bear Safety and Food Storage Information

Recreating Safely in Bear Country

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Firewood Permits

Interactive Visitor Map

Interactive Visitor Map

Every Kid Outdoors

4th Graders! Get your free Every Kid Outdoors Pass!

Forest Plan

Flathead National Forest Land Management Plan